Child development and diagnoses
Observing and monitoring child development is an important tool to ensure that children meet their ‘developmental milestones’ which is the general age at which certain skills are expected to be mastered.
Child development covers the full scope of skills that a child masters over their life span including development in:
By monitoring a child’s developmental progress at particular ages, it allows a ‘check in’ to ensure that the child is roughly ‘on track’ for their age. This ‘check’ is usually carried out through child/parent services and Paediatricians as infants and toddlers, and later through preschool and school term skills assessments. The earliest possible detection (and early intervention treatment if appropriate) of developmental challenges can be helpful in minimising the impact these developmental hiccups can have on a child’s skill development and subsequently their confidence, or serve as an indicator of a possible future diagnosis. However, it is important to be aware that while child development has a predictable sequence, all children are unique in their developmental journeys and the times frames that they meet the many developmental milestones.